CORRECTION OFFICER RECRUIT
Under immediate supervision of a supervisory officer within the
Department of Corrections, receives in residence and on-the-job training
including instructions for the appropriate care and custody of a designated
group of inmates, and does work which will provide practical custody
experience; does related work as required.
NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative purposes only.
A particular position using this title may not perform all duties listed in this
job specification. Conversely, all duties performed on the job may not be listed.
EXAMPLES OF WORK:
As trainee and productive worker:
Attends a (12) twelve week in-residence trainee program
and an additional two (2) weeks on the job training at an assigned
correctional facility; is responsible for learning the various rules, regulations,
policies, procedures, operational processes, and methods related to a
Assists in performing assigned duties in accordance with established
policies, regulations, and procedures in such a manner as to encourage
and assist persons deprived of their liberty toward complete social
Assists in patrolling assigned areas of the buildings and grounds and
makes required reports by telephone, punch clock, or other means;
makes periodic counts of inmates; reports the whereabouts of absent
Assists in controlling the general conduct and behavior of inmates in
accordance with established institution procedures and prevents
disturbances and attempts to escape.
Reports violations of prison rules to supervisory officials.
Assists in the maintenance of discipline in the prison cells,
recreation yards, schools, hospitals, theaters, churches, mess halls,
shops, farms, and other places where inmates are gathered in groups.
Assists in assuring that contraband articles are not concealed on the
bodies of the inmates or in any part of the institution, and that
institution property and equipment is kept in clean, safe, and orderly
Assists in making periodic inspections of the locks, window bars,
grills, doors, and gates, and any other places of possible egress from
Escorts the inmates to and from their quarters.
Makes note of suspicious persons and conditions and takes appropriate
measures in reporting significant actions, occurrences, and conditions
in the buildings and on the grounds; reports conditions constituting
dangers and hazards and takes those steps necessary to assure safe and
Attends demonstrations of the proper methods of utilizing available
institution equipment and accessories.
Assists in escorting inmates when their presence is required in a
court of law, which requires the issuance and carrying of a firearm.
When assigned to medical facilities, guards civilian employees in the
performance of their duties.
When assigned to sentry duty, observes everything significant that
takes place within sight and hearing of the post, reports unusual
events to supervisory personnel, and prevents disorders and escapes.
Such duty requires the carrying of a firearm issued by the
When assigned to farming work, is responsible for the custody of
inmates involved in the various types of farm work.
When assigned to institutional camps or any other outside detail or as
assigned, is responsible for the safe care and custody of all assigned
Receives training in the preparation of reports and in keeping
Assists in performing investigations and prepares detailed, cohesive
Ensures inmate rights are not violated.
May be required to appear as a witness in courts of law.
Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic
and/or manual recording and computerized information system used by
the agency, office, or related units.
High School Diploma or its equivalent.
Minimum of eighteen (l8) years of age.
United States citizenship.
NOTE: At the time of appointment applicants for this
position must submit acceptable proof of meeting the indicated
NOTE: Appointees will be required to satisfactorily complete
a twelve (12) week in residence training program as well as a two
(2) week on the job training program. Appointees will be required to
successfully complete a twelve (12) month Correction Office Recruit
working test period. Such training includes successful attainment of
a level of proficiency in the use of firearms.
SPECIAL NOTE: Candidates certified from the eligible list for this title
will be required to undergo medical and psychological examinations
administered by the appointing authority.
Appointees must possess driver's license valid in New Jersey.
NOTE: The responsibility for ensuring that employees possess the required
motor vehicle license, commensurate with the class and type of vehicles they
operate, rests with the Appointing Authority.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of the problems likely to be encountered in work involving
the social rehabilitation, care, and custody of persons deprived of
their liberty after a period of training.
Knowledge of the methods likely to be useful in working in an
effective manner with persons of varied types, abilities, and
personalities after a period of training.
Knowledge of the problems, procedures, and methods involved in taking
suitable action concerning suspicious persons and conditions and in
reporting significant occurrences and conditions after a period of
Ability to understand the problems involved in assimilating factual
matters of a technical nature and in comprehending and utilizing
essential facts presented by lectures and/or demonstrations and of
applying technical and factual data in a useful manner in every day
work in an institution.
Ability to understand what types of difficulties may be encountered in
closely following prescribed rules and regulations.
Ability to gain and maintain proficiency in the use of firearms
includes hand-held and shoulder-held weapons.
Ability to understand, remember, and carry out oral and written
directions and to learn quickly from oral, written explanations and
Ability to analyze custodial problems, organize assigned custodial
work, and develop effective work methods.
Ability to recognize significant conditions and to take proper action
when action is called for in accordance with prescribed procedures.
Ability to understand, as far as is possible, the emotional adjustment
and other problems of inmates deprived of their liberty.
Ability to deal firmly and effectively with varied types of persons
within the framework of established policy and procedures.
Ability to perform repetitive work without loss of equanimity,
patience, or courtesy, to remain calm and decisive in emergency
situations, and to retain emotional stability.
Ability to assimilate information and profit by department training
Ability to give clear, accurate, and explicit directions and to follow
Ability to prepare clear, sound, accurate and informative reports of
significant conditions and actions taken.
Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual
recording and information systems used by the agency, office, or
Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate in English
sufficiently to perform the duties of this position. American Sign
Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms of
Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long as
they can perform the essential functions of the job after reasonable
accommodation is made to their known limitations. If the accommodation
cannot be made because it would cause the employer undue hardship,
such persons may not be eligible.
Upon the successful completion of the (l2) twelve-month recruit
working test period, appointees will be advanced to the title of
Senior Correction Officer. (The inability of an employee to satisfactorily
complete the working test period, will be cause for separation.)
This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
This job specification is for state government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.